Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Tundra performed powerfully on its evening trip from Steamboat to Denver through the mountains.  It had a stick on the column with up/down auto shifting.  Convenient and perfect placement with elbow propped on center console.  Appreciated its soft reddish - orange instrument glow, but the terribly distracting high beam indicator needs a piece of dental x-ray film.

I made my flight in the nick of time!  I am a planner - thank goodness.  Auto-awake at 0416 on Monday to think I have an alarm and wake-up call set, I can sleep until 0430.  The front desk called at 0458 and asked if I was going to make the 0500 shuttle to the airport?  Ahhh - do you have a 0515?  No.  Glad I was packed and have years of experience flying out of bed when the pager alerts.  I was on the shuttle at 0502 and that includes being on the 3rd floor.

Flew home rather uneventfully.  I remember taking off and touching down.  :)

It was totally wonderful to crash at home for the evening.  Your own bed and pillow are sometimes inexpressibly good.

My rental car fiasco yesterday morning at Enterprise made me look around thinking there is a hidden camera and I'm on a businessman blooper show.  While receiving a text message from a friend saying he's missing his radio antenna from his rental (rented at the same place), I am told the car that I specifically requested be held for me less than 30 minutes previous to my arrival is no longer available.  This is Marquette, not O'Hare, and then he started with the I'm not required to hold a specific vehicle.  I reminded him of the conversation the two of us just had moments previously.  I believe this is where he picked up that I'm not a first time car renter because mine is in the shop for deer damage.  He thought I would not know the difference between a Cobalt and a Focus?  When I requested the Mazda, he said it was rented.  Excuse me?  I sat outside to cool down.  Called Thrifty and told them how wonderful they are.  When a Sonata sporting a sat antenna drove up, I went in and waited in the wings.  Yes.  That one.  Took a picture of its odo and 1/4 tank of gas as he'll be getting it back with a 1/4 tank.

Don't screw with me.  Well, at least when it comes to wheels.

Speaking of those, I stopped at a Toyota dealership in Green Bay to discuss trucks.  Every question I had required a look-up or find someone.  At least this guy was somewhat resourceful.  I'm not a how many cup holders kind of gal.  Surely you're shocked.  Ha!

I'm at the Hyatt in Milwaukee now for a few days.  Nice place with a brilliant comp room equipped with a plethora of liquid - even Hennessy, single barrel Jack & Grand Marnier - and it's central to the arts.  I'll be doing the museum.  Warhol doesn't open until Saturday and that is such a bummer.  It's almost worth staying another evening.  Hmmm - maybe I'll do that?!

Living for adventure....we're only here once, at least in this form...  :)

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